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Day 7 To Viewpoint Degollada de Agando and descent to San Sebastian

Friday 3rd March 2017

 

 

KE Adventure Travel Trip Notes

Today's full walk starts near the Alto de Garajonay, the highest point of the national park which is reached by a 30 minute bus transfer. From here we follow the GR131 which takes us first to the viewpoint of Degollada de Agando, La Gomera’s Machu Picchu, where, if the weather permits, we will enjoy incredible views out over the island. We continue our gradual descent onto Degollada de Peraza, then through a stunning green landscape on the southeast coast of the island. Some sections today will traverse high terrain but the route is well-maintained and way-marked. The last section provides us with stunning views over San Sebastian town and the south side of the island where we finally descend and check into our hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

  Garmin GPS Data    
  Distance 17.98 km  
  Elapsed Time 6 hrs 17 mins  
  Ascent 191 m  
  Descent 1,537 m  
  Maximum Elevation 1,379 m  
  Minimum Elevation 6 m  
 

 

A short bus ride from Hermigua to the foot of Alto de Garajonay

The start point; the bus stop below Alto de Garajonay

Alto de Garajonay was shrouded in mist. so little point in climbing it as there would have been no views to see

Even at the bus stop it was windy

 

A quick review of the route by Enekoiz

 

And then we were off!

 

 

Time for a drink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mists Embrace The Landscape With The Moisture of The Trade Winds, Propitiating by The Forests

The view from this look out normally soaks you with the moisture of the mists carried by the Trade Winds. This view helps us to understand the forest's dependence on the moisture that is brought in by the air. The sea of clouds that passes over the Park drops its vital humidity over the forests of the Garajonay.

For most of the year, especially between March and July, the canary Islands are under the influence of the North East Trade Winds that blow from the Azores anticyclone. When this damp air collides with the islands, it ascends and condenses to form mists that are essential for the existence of the laurel forests. This sea of clouds and the stable temperatures provides a temperate climate that is ideal for the laurel forests.

In fact, the boundaries of the Garajonay National Park coincide to a large extent with the areas of highest horizontal rainfall, that is, the water "distilled" from the mists when these collide with the leaves and branches of the trees.

The mists usually dissipate when they reach the southern slopes. so this area of laurel forest quickly gives way to more arid landscapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we approached Los Roques it became so windy you could hardly stand!

 

Christine battling the wind

Kathy having a job standing up!

Hold on to your hat, Matt!

Mick taking shelter in the bus stop

 

L to R: Matt, Heather, Rob, Gareth, Christine, Hilary and Sun

 

 

 

 

A Landscape of Frequent Mists and Volcanic Domes, which were Sacred Mountains for the Ancient Inhabitants of La Gomera

 

It is not surprising that the mountain peaks and slopes facing the lookout offer the spectacle of splendid cascades of mists. This is one of the weather frontiers of La Gomera. It acts as a transit area between the north facing slopes and the high mountain peaks of the island, which are frequently covered in mists, hence propitiating the growth of splendid forests, and the southern facing slopes where the mists quickly dissipate, giving way to a dryer landscape, with scrub and bush replacing the forest.

The stony power and their central role in the landscape make the Volcanic Domes of Agando, La Zarcita and Ojila - the closest one to the lookout spot - an impressive sight. The pre-Hispanic inhabitants of La Gomera saw these islands as suitable places for worshiping their gods. The volcanic domes and mountains were considered holy ground. The sacrificial altars at the top of these geological monuments bear witness to this fact. These are stone constructions that were probably used to make offerings to these spirits. In them the burned remains of livestock, sheep, goats and even pigs have been found.

 

 

 

Stock photo showing the rocks in fine weather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A glimpse of Pico Teide behind the clouds

 

 

Turtle Rock

Louise, Gareth and Hilarie fighting the wind

 

San Sebastian comes into view, but is still a long way away

 

2 km to go!

 

 

End of a great trip as we share a meal together in San Sebastian at Bodegas Restaurant Agana